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London – European championsSaracenson Wednesday faced an angry call from rivalsExeterto be automatically relegated for breaching the English Premiership’s £7 million salary cap over several seasons.

Saracens are appealing their 35-point deduction and fine of over £5 million – the sanctions are on hold until a verdict is delivered, likely in 2020 – which has cast a huge pall over Saracens trophy-laden success of the past five years.

The club, home to seven of the England squad that reached the Rugby World Cup final including captain Owen Farrell, have won three of the last four European Champions Cups and four of the past five Premiership titles.

Saracens have evidently decided to circle the wagons and angered the organisers of the European Champions Cup by refusing to send anyone to the launch in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Exeter chairperson Tony Rowe said he felt especially aggrieved having seen his club lose to Saracens in the Premiership final in the past two seasons.

“They should be automatically relegated,” he toldThe Times.

“I shall be lobbying to change i

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